ASRock X99 BIOS Updates Reveal Broadwell-E Line Up

Ahead of Intel’s much awaited Broadwell-E processor launch, ASRock announced the release of a new BIOS with support for X99 CPUs that are available on today’s market. The update applies to all of the motherboard manufacturers’ X99 product lines.

The new Broadwell-E processors will fit in the same LGA2011-V3 sockets as their Haswell predecessors and introduce a 14nm manufacturing process. The new BIOS will support the new ten core Core i7-6950X, the Core i7-6900K, i7-6850K and i7-6800K processors. So far there has been little in the way of information on the new processors available from reliable sources. ASRock is the first reputable place to confirm Intel’s offerings (well, the names at least) ahead of the Intel announcement due at Computex 2016. Although, MSI was the first motherboard manufacturer to release widespread BIOS updates for their X99 range.

There were rumors at one point of Intel cancelling the Broadwell-E range in favour of some Skylake chips. However, the release from Asrock certainly thwarts this. The ten core beast, the 6950X will run at a base clock of 3GHz and have a 3.5GHz boost clock, boasting 10 cores and 20 threads. From the release, it will be unlocked to allow enthusiasts and professional overclockers to tinker and overclock the processors to the absolute maximum they can get. It’ll come with a whopping 25MB of layer three cache and will work in most X99 motherboards, providing the manufacturer releases a new bios that can support them.

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Intel’s 10 Core i7-6950X Cost may be Astronomical

Following right on the heels of the first consumer octa-core i7-5960X CPU, 2016 is the year that we may finally see a deca-core CPU from Intel. Called the i7-6950X, the new chip will be the flagship for Intel’s HEDT Broadwell-E platform. According to a new report though, the price is going way up this time, set for an exorbitant $1500 USD. Compared to previous HEDT flagships, this will be quite a jump.

Broadwell-E will be replacing Intel’s current HEDT platform, Haswell-E, which debuted the i7-5960X octa-core. Broadwell-E also marks the move from Intel’s current 22nm process to the new 14nm process Skylake started using. Broadwell-E will continue to use the same X99 Wellsburg platform as well but introduce BCLK overclocking in addition to the current multiplier based overclocking.

At 10 cores and 20 threads, the 6950X marks a jump of $500 or 50% over the previous asking price of the top chip from Intel. The octa-core 6900K will maintain the $1000 USD pricing set by its predecessor. Even when Intel made the jump from 6 core to 8 cores, they kept the price at $1000. This time, the extra cores and 14nm must either be costing Intel a lot more, or they’ve caught on that enthusiasts are willing to pay any price for top of the line chips.

Helio X20 Shows More Gaming Performance and Power Improvements

MediaTek has just revealed what the Helio X10 successor, Helio X20, packs under the hood and it is just amazing. The major highlights of its improvements are reflected in 40% more gaming and multimedia power and up to 40% power improvement compared to the X10.

First of all, the Helio X20 is based on the 20nm architecture and comes with 10 cores. They are made out of four Cortex-A53 running at 2.0 GHz, another four running at 1.4 GHz and two more Cortex-A72 cores running at 2.5 GHz. Now the first four Cortex-A53 cores are made for low to medium application processing needs, including UHD video playback.

However, The extra two Cortex-A72 cores aim to help out with the more intensive applications such as games, which do not need more than two cores to run on a mobile device. Even so, the 2.5 GHz clock speed deals with everything on the market so far.

In addition, the 10-core architecture is based on what MediaTek calls the ‘Tri-Cluster’ architecture that aims to cut power consumption by 30%. Also, Mali-T880 graphics processor offers an extra 10% power improvement compared to the previous generation that adds up to having 40% power improvement in total. A perfect illustration of what the new architecture brings is shown in MediaTek’s pic below:

The X20 also comes with support for a 32-megapixel single camera or 13-megapixel dual cameras with 3D depth engine and 4K recording, 10-bit colour depth and support for HECV and VP9 hardware decoding, as well as LTE Cat-6 technology, C2K with SRLTE and 70% improved modem power compared to the Helio X10. More information about the X20 can be found on its web page here.

Images courtesy of MediaTek News